Friday, May 18, 2012

Ghost Behaviors: Materializing Coins



I am especially intrigued by the strangest behaviors by ghosts, such as poltergeist, shadow people, and one especially vexing playful activity - materializing coins.

When you read amazing accounts of active hauntings, you sometimes hear about falling coins that materialize from nowhere and confuse the observers. Barry Taff, the researcher best known for the Entity Case, reported such incidences, some of them quite extraordinary in amount and persistence. At a recent MUFON lecture I attended, two Navajo Nation speakers told of a haunted location where these coins not only materalized sometimes from 3 feet off the ground, hit the ground, sometimes rolling and bouncing, but always 65 out of 65 times, landing heads up.

Immediately, I can't help noticing the importance of coins to humans and the whimsy necessary to have them land heads up. It almost seems like a purposeful message. But, what is the message, and how does it manage to materialize something so substantial?

What is the meaning of raining coins?

The throwing of coins and rocks are often associated with poltergeist activity. Some believe it is because coins were placed on the eyes of the dead and others believe it's a common way for a ghost to say "hey, I'm here. I'm okay. I made it to the other side."

In "Poltergeist Agents" by Barry Taff, from Continuum 

"Another incident took place when Jim and I had to make a stop at my apartment one afternoon in order to pick up some papers. While Jim was waiting for me to gather up my material, some coins came flying at us from my bedroom - although neither of us had entered that area of the flat, nor did I have a large quantity of pennies stored anywhere. The pennies were moving relatively slowly and seemingly directed at Jim. He did little more than smile excitedly in response." 


If we're going to make some assumptions, here goes -
coins are small, noisy, and have a personal importance to the living. Seems like an ideal item to manipulate. Conversely, for anyone wanting to hoax, pitching a coin makes noise and is easy to fish from your pocket and toss.

What are your theories?

29 comments:

  1. If only this actually happened. Economy problem? Materializing coins! :D

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=sAjIRemgbZk It happens. Has happened to us.

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  2. this is fascinating because this is one of the things that happened in our haunted house. we had wood floors through out the house and would hear coins dropping. it sounded as if someone had a handful of coins and just dropped them to the floor. we could even hear the coins rolling on the floor. when my parents would go to investigate, no coins were ever found. this happened on several occasions.

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    1. i heard the same thing but it sounded like someone threw a plastic cup full of coins at my window i even heard the plastic cup fall and bounce. We heard many coins fall and hit the ground .My sister, her bf and my friend were with me and they heard it as well. It might have been about 1 or 2 in the morning maybe later. We were really scared because we heard it very clearly and it was very loud. We all stopped laughing and looked at each other scared. We went to go look outside my window but there was nothing. We checked in the morning because maybe we had missed something. But no, there were no coins, no cup.

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    2. My son and his girlfriend had the same experience the other morning. They were both laying in bed and said they heard coins dropping on his dresser - which is only a few feet away from his bed. They said it sounded as if the coins were spinning before they dropped. When they got up to look there were no coins to be found. Since that has happened our back door has appeared opened three times. Last night at 3 in the morning my daughter found it opened & shut it, this morning I woke up and it was opened again and my son just came home from taking his girlfriend to work - the backdoor was opened once again.

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  3. Yup. Lots of people report hearing the coins drop and finding nothing. Residual recording of a sound from the past? Coins materializing and dematerializing? Lots of intrigue....

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    1. In my Friend's house every night the coins drop and we see the coin and we collect them. Mostly the Coins are small size. And something wired happend as well that the Box of Tissue suddenly exploded and the house was full of tissue.
      Even whenever we go there it became usual for us when we see the coin drops or throws to different places.

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    2. Just heard it this morning around 2am. Loud. Wife heard it too. Thought she was dreamed it. Nothing in the room resembles anything that would make that sound. It was like it hit the night stand from a fall of 10 feet or more.
      daaotm2@yahoo.com

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  4. this is true... i heard coins at my grandma's home all the time as a kid.

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  5. Here at Stone Manor, we often find that coins have mysteriously materialized behind the couch cushions. ;)

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  6. Lots of odd things drop from the sky. My favorite was what was called "star jelly" in Scotland. DNA couldn't be found in the odd jelly substance.

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  7. Glad you wrote about this! I've heard stories before of coins dropping or appearing and always thought it was an odd phenomena. If only they would drop 100 dollar bills or gold coins...

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    1. Where are those gold doubloons when you need them?

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  8. Recently my dads been finding pennies around our house in places they shouldn't be and it really freaks him out. We've come to the conclusion that his grandfather,my great grandfather, who died last year on 11/11/11. My great grandfather would always pick up pennies if he saw them on the ground and say that he was "a penny richer".

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  9. this weekend i visited butlins in minehead, i went to the toilet with my friend and nobody else was in there, whilst in the toilet a coin fell between my legs but didnt pass my face, i thought my friend had thrown it over but she said she heard the coin but was over the other side of the toilets my bag was zipped up and i had no pockets , i knew it was paranormal, we had sensed something there and all the photographs that we taken while there wre full of orbs and whilte clouds

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    1. I know the feeling: it's as if the coin is in another dimension until it hits something. It is obviously dropped/thrown, but you don't see it in mid-air. And it's NOT someone human playing a trick.

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    2. I should clarify: sometimes you do see them in mid-flight/drop, but more often you only see it when it has landed. That was my experience in the house where I saw it happen many times (until the holy water was applied - I'm the poster of the thread below).

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  10. I have not only seen coins materializing and being thrown by unseen hands: I have video of it happening. Pennies were the most common, but also quarters and nickels (for some reason dimes were a rarity). Also, disposable razor blades would fling themselves against the bathroom door from off the shelf, and I have footage of that as well. The coins would often be heard bouncing off the wall before landing on the floor. Two of the residents of the house and I were all hit by coins at different times. Sometimes the coins would simply drop out of thin air, other times they were thrown across the room: but you never saw them in flight, just after they hit something. One coin vanished out of a full glass of beer. The activity died down when one of the residents got fed up and used holy water over every window and doorway. The experience forever changed my outlook on ghosts/poltergeists.

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  11. I don't know what to think about the coins 'actually' flying through the air or dropping suddenly, but then I've always been a skeptic until I had a ghost or something that was supernatural happening in my home. It started after we began remodeling the house. I'm NOT a weirdo or one prone to wild imaginings, was a local merchant at the time and a single mother with a normal life. In fact, very logical and as I said skeptical, thinking there's a reasonable explanation for most things; but what happened to me was NOT my imagination, but was not natural. The first thing that happened was I saw something out of the corner of my eye move across the entryway of the house, and logically dismissed it as merely my imagination. Later I KNEW for sure it was not! For some reason, when something happened, I was usually doing something with water. The first very queer and inexplicable thing (after thinking I saw something in the entry) was I had JUST stepped into and sat down in my big garden bathtub to take a bath. My long, dry, hair was pulled up and my back was still dry when out of nowhere cool droplets of water were dropped on my back! My first reaction was arch my back, turn around and try to figure out where the water came from. I looked up at the ceiling, which of course there was no water or any source of water, and I just sat there stunned, trying to figure out why it was like someone had dipped their hand in the water and just let it trickle onto my dry back! I was really spooked, like the hair on my neck and arms stood up and I got a shiver! It was very odd, but life went on normally for weeks, then, I was standing in front of the sink washing dishes. I was wearing a lightweight top when suddenly SOMETHING...yanked on the hem of my blouse two hard yanks! I jumped and turned around and of course no one was there...I was alone in the house. Again the chills, raised hair and a REALLY creeped out feeling! The events that took place weren't something that just happened every day or often, but about the time you would forget about it or not be expecting something another event would take place...it was about this time the dimes started showing up...

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  12. Dimes...continued. I would find Roosevelt dimes, always face up in conspicuous places, when I KNEW I hadn't left them there! At this time, I was alone, since my son went to stay with his Dad over the summer. Our house was pretty large, 5 bedrooms, and some of the downstairs rooms I didn't have reason to go into often, but when I went to bring linens or something there would be a dime laying on a corner of the dresser or at the top of the stairs or even on the floor. At first it was only dimes, but later I often found pennies, like someone had sat them up purposefully on top of a stack of towels or on the bathroom counter. I started getting spooked about it, but I never connected it with the other paranormal occurrences at that time. What I THOUGHT was that SOMEONE was coming into my house when I was gone and leaving the dimes to taunt me! I was kind of paranoid about it and got special locks for all my windows and then whenever I left, I would stick a match or a toothpick in the door to see if was moved when I got back. I even put little pieces of thread across the door, because I was SURE someone HAD to be coming in my house. I couldn't figure out HOW those darned dimes were getting there. It scared me. One day, I was looking at some link I had stumbled onto online after a recent event where I had been washing my hands in the guest bathroom with the door open and my little Jack Russell was standing outside watching me, when suddenly she started 'running in place' until she got traction, like something had grabbed her! She immediately turned around and stared back at the place she had just been and barked like she thought something was there! It scared her. Many months later, my 150 lb. German shepherd would do the same exact thing in the same exact place! So I was trying to find something online to explain the many happenings when I came across a website talking about ghosts, and someone said they knew they had a poltergeist because they had been finding dimes in their home! THEN I made the connection and again, the goose bumps, and creepy feeling went through me. After that, there were a couple other events. My son was sitting across the room at his desk doing his homework, and I was at the computer working when something grabbed my arm, just below the elbow and squeezed! I turned and looked down at my arm expecting to see my son and I asked him why he squeezed my arm? He was reading a book and said, what are you talking about? I never TOUCHED you! Well, my brain told me that I looked down at my arm right after it happened and my son physically did not have the time to get across the room, touch my arm and get back in 2 seconds, but I KNEW that someone or something squeezed my arm! I had on a long sleeve blouse, but it definitely felt like a human hand squeezing, not hard or hurtful, but like someone trying to get your attention. After that I had had enough. Since I am a Christian, I've always thought ghosts were make-believe, but demons are documented in the Bible and whatever it was that was 'Haunting' us- ghost, demon, unclean spirit or whatever someone might call it, I decided that it would no longer have a place in my home. So I simply spoke to it and said, "I know you have been here doing things, but you don't belong here. I command you NOW to leave and never bother us again, in JESUS' name!" That was absolutely the end of it. Whatever it was, it left! There was never another incident- no more dimes, or pennies-Nothing! God's power is greater than anything and though I was kind of 'weird-ed out' over the experience, I was never afraid and you don't have to be either. Just trust God!

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  13. I just had an experience that was over 3 days. I work at a private residence and no one ever comes there. last fri I came out to find my car surrounded by several pennies. I picked up the pennies, noticing how odd this was being where no one came. then came the wknd and I was home. mon I returned, parked my car where I park in in their driveway and again when I left my car was surrounded by pennies. then on tues there was one lone penny lying directly on the ground in front of my car. I am baffled as to why. so I did ask a question before I went to bed directed in my head at whoever left the coins. and then no more coins. guess I am just curious

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  14. I'm in England.Moved into this house been here six years now. I knew immediately my house was haunted because whilst decorating the rooms, I was hearing things being thrown onto the bare floorboards in the other rooms and on the landing staircase. This was gaining my attention. I felt I wasn't alone. What I found was small carpet tacks, screw head, beads. This extended to rabbit poor and guinea pig poo. The poo would be thrown onto the floor and I would find the poos everywhere they shouldn't be. Over my time here, there have been coins thrown two pence's and one pence's. These come out of no where but they are seemingly dropped for our attention. I believe they are telling us they are there without alarming us directly, although we have become used to this phenomena now. Our ghost has said "heyyy" three times over the last three years. It's a male, sounds young. I found out, a previous occupant went off to war 1 and did not return, but did in spirit. He bangs on the door on the morning of his parting, each year. As if to alert his parents that he has been hurt. He sighs now and again, as if he is waiting for someone. His parents and family died after leading a full life. I can't help him. He is happy here and communicates with my sons, he is with good company. I have seen him sitting on the stairs out of the way. He moves and stands behind me, I can see his dark figure clearly mirrored in the glass reflected cupboard in front of me. This part freaks me out a little. He has been harmless but for one incident. Heists also very safety conscious. Doesn't like candles left burning unattended and frying pans. This is a sign of the concerns in the trenches. His name is William and he knows, we know he is here!

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  15. I believe they (definately ghosts)are simply reaching out to tell us that they are there. Some people react adversely. I believe if a person was nice in life then they are nice in death. If nasty in life, nasty in death. I believe that's why some hauntings are bad. Say hi! Acknowledge them. But I wouldn't overly encourage.I am haunted full time, all my home's have been haunted, I could write a book!

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  16. A guardian angel coin fell between my feet as I was emptying the indoor garbage into the outdoor cans. We don't throw out coins or money in my house. I had nothing in my pockets. Scratching my head on this one.

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  17. A guardian angel coin fell between my feet as I was emptying the indoor garbage into the outdoor cans. We don't throw out coins or money in my house. I had nothing in my pockets. Scratching my head on this one.

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  18. My mother in law has heard over the last two weeks coins falling in her house. Unfortunately my husband and brother in law where kidnapped and it's been over 8 months we haven't found them and my mother in thinks it's her sons trying to communicate with her. She get up to look to see where are the coins and she doesn't find anything.

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    1. This article is an interesting one on the subject. http://www.amandalinettemeder.com/blog/2014/2/5/pennies-from-heaven-why-does-my-deceased-loved-one-visit-me-with-coins
      Yes, loved ones are the most common ones to use the coin. It is a distinctive sound. Sometimes, it's as if it's ghost coins - can't find the source of the falling money sound. Other times, it can be actual coins found, even foreign coins! If the next realm truly is a passage to another dimension, it would seem that simple tasks like dropping coins would be easier than moving a door and closing it. It involves simple jettisoning something. If this happens again, I would suggest keeping a log of where she is when it happens, what she is thinking of, if the area is somehow special to the missing men... she might find patterns that show whether or not it is a sign from the other side. Feel free to keep me posted. ghosthuntingtheories@gmail.com

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  19. My mother in law has heard over the last two weeks coins falling in her house. Unfortunately my husband and brother in law where kidnapped and it's been over 8 months we haven't found them and my mother in thinks it's her sons trying to communicate with her. She get up to look to see where are the coins and she doesn't find anything.

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  20. I had an experience last night exactly 10pm. I heard a coin dropped. It was very wierd that we dont know when it came from. I thought I was the only one that heard it.. but my younger sister heard it too. We heard it for twice in the same of the night. Its very odd.

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